Car Hire Offers for December, 2013

McRae family Escort rally car up for sale

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Tested by Colin and driven to victory by his dad and brother, meet the £85k MkII RS1800

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/colin-mccrae-jimmy-mccrae-alistair-mccrae-ford-escort-mk2-rally-car-sale-2013-12-18?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Press release: New road safety website will open up a wealth of life-saving information, says RoSPA

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A new free online bank of key road safety
facts and research has launched. The Road Safety Observatory will provide easy
access to independent road safety research for both road safety professionals
and members of the public.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/default.aspx?id=1191

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Mobility scooter reaches insane speeds to become a world-beater

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

High speeds are not something you associate with mobility scooters that tend to move at a more conservative pace. These useful forms of transport have given people with mobility problems a new lease of life, enabling them to take fully participate in society.

Meeting the Transport Challenges of 2014 and beyond

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The post Meeting the Transport Challenges of 2014 and beyond appeared first on Stanford Coachworks.

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Mini bus hire Sunderland-Consett-Stanley

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

  Mini bus hire in Sunderland, Consett or Stanley – Self drive buses Mini bus hire for our customers in Sunderland, Consett, Stanley and surrounding areas. Are you looking for a reliable mini bus hire company. A company that can offer you competitive prices along with quality mini buses in excellent condition? If so you [...]

Source: http://www.hilltophire.co.uk/mini-bus-hire/mini-bus-hire-sunderland-consett-stanley

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Iconic London Black Cabs Go White for Australian Trial

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

While taxis and minicabs are ultimately just cars on the road, they are an iconic part of many cities around the world.

Press release: New road safety website will open up a wealth of life-saving information, says RoSPA

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A new free online bank of key road safety
facts and research has launched. The Road Safety Observatory will provide easy
access to independent road safety research for both road safety professionals
and members of the public.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/default.aspx?id=1191

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Lakes and Louth Community Wheels

Monday, December 30th, 2013
One of our Volkswagen Crafter CR50 Maxi's delivered to Cumbria County Council in action

Source: http://www.minibusoptions.co.uk/content/lakes-and-louth-community-wheels

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Transport Broker launch new website supplying Coach Hire Glasgow

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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2012 Peugeot 207

Monday, December 30th, 2013

French carmaker Peugot has recently released for sale in the UK the 2012 iteration of its popular hatchback, the 207 model lineup. Not much has changed from the previous model except for some minor details such as creases in the body panels to make it look more attractive, LED tail lights and sculpted headlights, a new cabin interior layout with tech trims and of course, pricing.

The new Peugeot 207 is offered as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback powered by either a diesel or petrol engine with 5-speed manual transmission or available 4-speed automatic, depending on model trim. There are three different specs of diesel HDI engines: a 1.4L with 70hp and two 1.6L variants with 90hp and 110hp respectively, while the petrol engine comes in two versions with varying degrees of horsepower that are listed as follows: 1.4L inline-4 with 74hp, 90hp and 95hp and 1.6L inline-4 with 120hp, 150hp and 175hp.

The new Peugeot 207 still retains the good looks that gave it a decent following in Britain but that’s just about all that it can gather when pitted against popular hot hatch rivals like the Honda Jazz, Ford Focus and VW Golf. Long on looks but short in performance, the blame goes to the questionable choice of otherwise anemic petrol engines to match the 207s quality build and sporty demeanor. Despite that setback, car reviewers still gave praise to its decent lineup of frugal diesel powerplants.

As for the available trims and pricing for the 2012 Puegeot 207, the available models start with the basic Access, the upgraded Active, the mid-tier Sportium, the top of the line Allure, and the diesel-only Oxygo and Oxygo+ of which are the most fuel efficient of the bunch with a range of 74 miles to the gallon. Prices start for as low as £9,995 for the basic Access up to £16,145 for the Allure 1.6 HDI.

What the Peugeot 207 lacks in performance it makes up for in creature comfort and safety features. Inside the cabin one will find available standard features like aircon, cruise control, CD/radio with MP3 and available Bluetooth, power steering/door locks/mirror/windows, leather trims for the upscale models, Emergency Brake Assist, stability control system with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, static directional headlights, front/side and curtain airbags, and alloy wheels among others.

The French may be known for the finer things in life such as architecture, arts, wine, food, sidewalk cafés, fine dining, fashion, designer labels and even croissants… but really not so much for cars. So for those who are enamoured by the 2012 Peugeot 207’s overall styling and can’t resist buying one, they will be better off driving out the dealer’s lot with the diesel version.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/06/2012-Peugeot-207.aspx

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Press release: RoSPA on hunt for schemes that join the dots between road safety and public health

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The Royal Society for the
Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is seeking out successful projects involving
road safety and public health practitioners to be included in ground-breaking
guidance next year.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1240

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BMW calling in 76k vehicles over airbag issues

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Vehicles these days are typically fitted with a mat in the front passenger seat that determines whether that airbag needs to be activated in the event of a collision and how it should deploy. But that system doesn’t always work, as Mercedes recently found in its SL-Class roadster and as Suzuki did before it with the Grand Vitara and SX4 crossovers. Now a crop of BMW vehicles have befallen the same issue, prompting the Bavarian automaker to cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall for the vehicles in question.

The problem affects precisely 76,565 vehicles, including certain the 3 Series (sedan and wagon), 5 Series, 7 Series and X5 crossover families spanning the 2006 and 2007 model years and fitted with a certain type of seat. However, since the parts to repair the problematic components are not currently available, as you can see from the recall notice below, it won’t be until March 2014 when local dealers will be able to resolve the issue.

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Monday, December 30th, 2013

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon [w/video]

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon

Never dismiss a wagon, even on a racing circuit. That’s a rule I confirmed when Mercedes-Benz invited me out to the track for hot laps in its E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon.

Mercedes-Benz launched the current wagon platform (W212) four years ago and treated it to a significant facelift less than a year ago. For the AMG wagon, this year’s new standard equipment includes full-time 4Matic all-wheel drive, all-LED headlights, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist 2.0 and several interior enhancements. The new S-Model package for AMG models, which replaces the AMG Performance Package, includes a power increase (+27 horsepower and +59 pound feet of torque), limited-slip differential, 10-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers, unique Black Nappa leather, contrasting stitching on the interior, an AMG Performance steering wheel, a host of cosmetic enhancements and the obligatory “S” badging on the rear decklid and speedometer.

Shoehorned under the hood is a hand-built, twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V8 that cranks out an impressive 577 horsepower and a staggering 590 pound-feet of torque. So owners don’t have to purchase expensive rear tires every few months, Mercedes-Benz fits all of the AMG wagons with its 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system, configured with a fixed rear-bias torque split of 33-percent front and 67-percent rear. The transmission tasked with rocketing the five-place wagon to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds is the automaker’s seven-speed MCT automatic. Breaking every speed law in the land is as simple as putting the gearbox into Drive, straightening the steering wheel and then mashing the gas pedal into the carpet for less than five seconds.

As expected, the independent suspension has been upgraded for AMG duty. It features a wider track than the standard E350 Wagon, and a three-mode (Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus) dial in the cockpit controls damping, throttle, steering and transmission logic. Colossal ventilated and drilled iron brakes, 16 inches in diameter up front, feature six- and four-piston calipers tasked with bringing the family hauler to a stop, while grip is the responsibility of Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires (255/35R19 front and 285/30R19 rear).

The updated-for-2014, five-passenger, sport-tuned station wagon is nearly twice as powerful, twice as fast and twice as expensive as the automaker’s standard E350 4Matic Wagon. But that’s just fine in my book, as it’s easily twice as fun to drive.

Track Notes

  • The Streets of Willow race track, located in the Southern California high desert, is tight, challenging and paved with asphalt that in spots is really showing its quarter-century age. It’s a workout for both the car and the driver. Soccer moms will likely leave the wagon in its default “C” (Controlled Efficiency) mode for daily driving, as it is the least aggressive drive program. In contrast, I ran the circuit in “S+” (Sport Plus), a mode that increases throttle response, configures the gearbox for track duty (full-throttle shifts and rev-matching) and enables the three-stage ESP’s torque vectoring function. Lastly, I set the Adaptive Sport Suspension to Sport Plus for the firmest ride.
  • A curb weight of 4,703 pounds means the E63 weighs as much as two Fiat 500s, or a Porsche 911 stuffed with a quartet of 400-pound, singing sumo wrestlers – the five-passenger family-wagon is far from dainty. Despite the laws of physics working against it, the Mercedes absolutely flies when the accelerator is pressed. Full throttle application causes lightheadedness and cornering grip is remarkable for such a large vehicle (some publications have recorded .95 Gs on the skidpad). After driving the E63 Sedan and E63 Wagon back-to-back on the same circuit, I honestly preferred the wagon as it felt better balanced with the additional weight over its rear wheels.
  • Those who are concerned that the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system destroys the wonderful driving dynamics of the E63 need not worry, as the rear-biased system still delivers 95-percent of the fun while supplementing it with a 50-percent increase in traction. The driver wins as the tail still readily kicks out, but annoying oversteer (wasted wheelspin) is eliminated as the front wheels grab tenaciously to pull the wagon back on course and straighten it out. Surprisingly, sending power to the front wheels also appears to reduce the E63′s understeer as it is easier to transfer weight off the steering tires mid-corner with the throttle. Don’t complain about the weight penalty (155 pounds), as it improved the AMG under all driving conditions.
  • Aside from the sticker price, which won’t dissuade a single well-heeled customer, the only big bummer about the wagon is that its charming twin, rear-facing, third-row Lilliputian seats aren’t offered on the AMG derivative – it seems the upgraded suspension tuning prevented the engineering team from including them. No worries, as many of your adult friends will still volunteer to sit on the flat, carpeted load floor and be tossed around like loose watermelons (those antics make entertaining GoPro footage).
  • Savvy readers will note that Mercedes-Benz isn’t the only automaker offering a high-performance track-ready station wagon. Cadillac plays the same game with its rear-wheel-drive V8-powered CTS-V Sport Wagon. Now that I have tracked both (I enjoyed the CTS-V Wagon at Laguna Seca a few years ago), I am inclined to state that the smaller and lighter Cadillac is more agile and nimble in the corners, but the Mercedes is more adept at putting its power down on the exits and more stable at speed. If forced to choose one over the other and money is no object, I’d grab the keys to the costlier Benz in a heartbeat – it is roomier, more luxurious and it does a better job of hiding its devilish talent from those around it.
  • Scroll down to watch a video of our test on the track.

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Honda launches new JDM Odyssey, Mugen chips in [w/video]

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Honda releases its fifth-generation Odyssey minivan.

Honda has just released its new Odyssey minivan for the Japanese Domestic Market, and it has plenty of style and room for up to eight people. Honda factory tuning company Mugen will also offer performance and styling parts for the fifth-generation minivan.

The Odyssey is offered in B and G trim with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter I-VTEC four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission with optional paddle shifters and seven ‘speeds.’ The more upscale Odyssey Absolute features sportier styling, and but all models are available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The interior follows a “modern suite” design concept inspired by luxury hotels, with wood trim and comfortable-looking seats. Additionally, customers can choose between models with a lift-up second-row seat or a lift-up front passenger seat. Honda highlights the Odyssey’s low floor height and high ceiling, which accentuates the spacious interior. The low floor also endows the minivan with a step height of 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) at the rear sliding door to afford easy entry.

Mugen upgrades consist of separate styling packages for the base Odyssey and the Odyssey Absolute, an exhaust system with one or two tailpipes, suspension upgrades, a wide selection of 18-inch and 19-inch wheels and more. Head on below to watch a video of the Mugen-tuned Odyssey.

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Now that summer is over?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

An article about driving a minibus in bad weather conditions

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2012/10/04/now-that-summer-is-over/

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Honda launches new JDM Odyssey, Mugen chips in [w/video]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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Honda releases its fifth-generation Odyssey minivan.

Honda has just released its new Odyssey minivan for the Japanese Domestic Market, and it has plenty of style and room for up to eight people. Honda factory tuning company Mugen will also offer performance and styling parts for the fifth-generation minivan.

The Odyssey is offered in B and G trim with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter I-VTEC four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission with optional paddle shifters and seven ‘speeds.’ The more upscale Odyssey Absolute features sportier styling, and but all models are available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The interior follows a “modern suite” design concept inspired by luxury hotels, with wood trim and comfortable-looking seats. Additionally, customers can choose between models with a lift-up second-row seat or a lift-up front passenger seat. Honda highlights the Odyssey’s low floor height and high ceiling, which accentuates the spacious interior. The low floor also endows the minivan with a step height of 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) at the rear sliding door to afford easy entry.

Mugen upgrades consist of separate styling packages for the base Odyssey and the Odyssey Absolute, an exhaust system with one or two tailpipes, suspension upgrades, a wide selection of 18-inch and 19-inch wheels and more. Head on below to watch a video of the Mugen-tuned Odyssey.

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Season?s Greetings from BestSellingCarsBlog!

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

BestSellingCarsBlog sends you all our best wishes in this Holiday season, hoping you are all having a good time around the world in this end of year. I thought it would be appropriate to share with you how Santas celebrate Christmas in Australia where I live? Yes it is the middle of Summer here and [...]

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Pontypridd firm buys Swansea-based Diamond Holidays

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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New Road Safety Consultation Response

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Reform of the Regulatory Framework for Approved Driving Instructors.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/consultations/2013/adi-training.pdf

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Press release: Action needed to combat a rise in cyclist deaths on Great Britain?s roads, says RoSPA

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

The Royal Society for the
Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging for safer roads for cyclists, greater
provision in cyclist training and better driver awareness, following the
publication of annual casualty statistics which show an alarming rise in
cyclist deaths.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1247

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Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake snapped while testing

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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The new Mercedes CLA-Class is still fresh on the market, but recent rumblings have indicated that Mercedes was working on a wagon variant of the car – possibly even in place of a sportier SLA Roadster. Our long-lensed spy shooters have captured our first look at the cargo-friendly CLA model, and while the image is grainy and the car’s rear end is covered with camouflage, we now have a good idea of how sharp this car may look.

Just like the CLS Shooting Brake, though, we don’t expect Mercedes to bring this model to the US. Between small, two-box models like the GLA-Class and maybe even the A-Class coming in the near future, this small station wagon will very likely remain a Europe-only offering. That’s kind of a bummer – if its big-brother CLS Shooting Brake is any indication, it will probably be quite handsome – and more than likely, it’ll offer more headroom than the very cramped rear confines of the standard CLA.

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Bulgaria November 2013: Qashqai & Great Wall Voleex C10 shine

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Great Wall Voleex C10 * See the Top 167 All-models and Top 29 All-brands by clicking on the title! Thanks Kaloyan * The Bulgarian new car market is stable in November, down just 1% to an estimated 2,178 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 22,079 units, also down 1% on 2012. The Nissan Qashqai [...]

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Minibus Insurance and Section 19 Permits

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

If your organisation operates a larger vehicle then there are lots of different factors to bear in mind, such as getting specialist minibus insurance, making sure that drivers have the right DVLA driving licences or getting the appropriate permits to allow you to operate your vehicle. Understanding which minibus permits are required can often [...]

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2012/05/02/minibus-insurance-and-section-19-permits/

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McRae family Escort rally car up for sale

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Tested by Colin and driven to victory by his dad and brother, meet the £85k MkII RS1800

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/colin-mccrae-jimmy-mccrae-alistair-mccrae-ford-escort-mk2-rally-car-sale-2013-12-18?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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